Esme’s first Christmas came and went in a flash. But, it was definitely one that I will remember fondly.
I worried for ages about whether or not Esme had enough presents from Santa (as if she even knows who he is), and wanted to get her a special Christmas outfit, which I know she will only ever wear once.
Al ended up buying her a beautiful red dress from Amazon, and she looked so bloomin’ cute! Once we’d decided on the dress, I thought I’d find something to match. I found a red midi dress on Amazon, which was priced at £2.49 with £1.99 postage and packaging.
I bought it, thinking if it’s nice then great, and if it’s rubbish, I’ve only wasted about £4.50 – however, it arrived, and I loved it! It was an absolute bargain!
As you may have read from my other blog post before Christmas, entitled ‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year,‘ Esme received a Little Tikes Cozy Coupe from Nanny Bev, and a rocking lamb from Nanny Jill.
Al and I assembled the car on Christmas eve under the watchful eye of Esme. Thankfully, she’s too young to understand what’s going on, otherwise we woud have been a bit screwed!
After putting the wheels on incorrectly, and having to take them off and put them back on again, we sat Esme in it to see what she thought.
She absolutely loved it! So much so, that when we tried to take her out of it, she’d throw a tantrum and threaten to wake up all the sleeping children in the county should we remove her.
Instead, we let her sit inide it while we applied the stickers to the doors, front and back.
And, seeing as she didn’t want to get out, I thought I’d wheel her around the house a little bit. I think I had more fun that she did, and my gosh, was that an exercise or what!? I was shattered after doing it for about ten times!
Christmas morning came around, and it was time for Al, Esme and I to open all of our presents! Esme didn’t quite grasp the concept of how to open a present, so I helped her.
She seemed to like all of her toys (I think), which is great, and I loved everything I had! I had a great selection of clothes from Al, which I haven’t stopped wearing since Christmas Day, and a gorgeous bottle of perfume.
Now, remember that present I was really excited to give Al? Well turns out, he did really like it! I bought him two tickets to see Bowling For Soup in February at the O2 Academy in Bristol. He didn’t even know Bowling For Soup had got back together for a last tour, so that was awesome!
We had lots and lots of visitors in the morning, which was lovely! We exchanged our gifts and well wishes, and everybody seemed pleased to see each other and happy with what they received.
It was especially great to see my brother and his other half, Meg. I don’t get to see them very often as they live in Manchester, but it was really great to see them, even if they did go back to Manchester on December 27. Boo!
We arrived at Nanny Jill’s and Bampy Bill’s for the afternoon, and exchanged even more gifts, and filled our faces with plenty of food, topped off with a game of Trivial Pursuit.
As it neared the evening as Esme went to bed, I spent the evening smoking 20 fags and drinking a bottle (yes, a bottle) of port. We stayed at Nanny Jill’s and thankfully, I wasn’t on baby duty.
Madly enough, I woke up the next day with no hangover.
We returned home and relaxed, and attempted to get Esme interested in her toys.
Last Christmas was amazing, as it was our first Christmas together as a couple. I loved every second. I wouldn’t say this Christmas was better, but I’d definitely say it’s just as special!
I did get more excited about presents this year than I did last, mind, but I think that’s because I’d bought better presents for people this year!
As far as the New Year goes, I’m not a fan. I hate the hype and the countdown, and I’d rather not think of it as an event when we say goodbye to what we know, and hello to what we don’t.
It may sound like I’m exaggerating, but that’s basically what it is.
I’m quite lucky that Al isn’t keen on it either, so we spent New Year’s Eve creating a new character on GTA V and having heaps of fun shooting people and stealing cars (not in real life, of course!)
Esme woke up ten minutes before the clock struck 12, which was actually quite nice. The three of us squeezed in the space that was left in the window next to the Chritmas tree, and watched the fireworks light up the sky.
Esme watched and pointed, saying “Ooh!” And “Aah!”
Once it it was all over, I opened a bottle of champagne that Al had bought me for Christmas the year before, and I enjoyed every last drop!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year, and I wish you a happy and healthy 2016!